Wednesday, 16 January, 2002
I mentioned the idea to the company president last week. His eyes lit up and two days later I had two working Dell Dimension Pentium 166 MHz machines. We have a bunch of decommissioned hardware at the office, mostly old Dell 166 machines. Since last week I've scrounged a 333, a 200, two more 166s, a 133, and a 75. All but the 133 are Dells. This evening I installed Linux on the 333 and the 200, and got them talking to each other. It's a start. They're not doing any cooperative processing yet—maybe tomorrow or Friday.
So what am I going to do with a "super computer?" Mostly I'm just interested in learning a bit about distributed processing. That means tinkering it together, running other people's programs to verify that it's working, and then coming up with a project of my own so I can learn how to write code for parallel processing. I have a few vague project ideas, but nothing I'd like to discuss yet in public. You'll be hearing more about the project as time goes by.